ligatures is a masochist with a weakness for boots, suffering, leather, and rough & tumble play. She is a RYT-200 yoga teacher, specializing in making yoga asana accessible for all bodies. As an active community builder in the Charlottesville, Virginia, scene, she seeks to make her local BDSM community a safer and more welcoming place for all. Her classes within the community are built around agency, consent, self-care, having fun with kink, and meeting yourself right where you are today.

ligatures's Workshops

Body Positive Yoga

Honor the body you bring to the mat today. Big bodies, creaky joints, non-yogis and beginners welcomed. This is low-pressure, judgment-free yoga taught by a big yogi with a “big asana” and a giant heart! Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. (If you have concerns about whether this class is appropriate for you, please message ligatures on Fetlife ahead of time.)

Type of workshop: Hands-On

Cigar Play 101

Cigars evoke power, strength, affluence, dominance, and much more. Cigar play is about incorporating these themes into our BDSM or power exchange encounters. In this class, we will cover cigar anatomy, different types of cigars and wrappers, prepping a cigar for smoking and play, as well as aspects of cigar play and service including temperature and sensory play, breath play with smoke, objectification, and ritual.

Type of workshop: Lecture, Discussion

Rough Body Play from a Bottom's Perspective

Rough body play (punching, kicking, slapping, and more) is one of the most stripped down, primal, and intimate forms of sexy violence in our vast arsenal of kink. This type of play is painful and intimate, and the physical and mental effects can last long beyond the end of a scene. In this class, we'll talk about rough body play from a bottom's perspective. We'll discuss what to look for in a top, how to negotiate this type of scene, mitigating risk, safety concerns, fear vs. damage, and physical and mental aftercare when the scene is over. A live demo will be interwoven with the discussion in this dynamic class that will benefit bottoms, tops, and everyone in between.

Type of workshop: Discussion